What's My Line?

Season 3 Episode 7


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Oct 14, 1951 on CBS
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Game 1: "Makes Long Underwear" (a male)

Game 2: "Snail Farmer" (a female)

Game 3: Samuel Goldwyn (8/17/1879 - 1/31/1974) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: "Bologna Maker" (a male)

I have supplied the contestant data from Gil Fates' handwritten show logs which do not include the names of the regular contestants. - Suzanne (2008)

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    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

    Arlene Francis

    Arlene Francis

    Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

    Bennett Cerf

    Bennett Cerf

    Regular Panelist (1951-1967)

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

    Hal Block

    Hal Block

    Regular Panelist (1950-1953)

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      • TRADE WINDS COLUMN: In Bennett Cerf's "Trade Winds" column in the November 3, 1951 Saturday Review magazine, he writes about tonight's mystery guest, the always interesting Samuel Goldwyn. According to Bennett's description of tonight's mystery guest game, he did not disqualify himself, as has been reported in other accounts of the same story. It appears that Bennett merely asked questions which would insure a "no" reply. Bennett probably gave Mr. Goldwyn the chance to speak about his new motion picture during the post-game chat.

        Bennett wrote:

        One of the most praiseworthy movies is Sam Goldwyn's upcoming "I Want You," which dares to tackle serious current problems most movie makers have been shying away from in recent months. Irwin Shaw wrote the script. Mr. Goldwyn, always a lone wolf, would have none of the ballyhoo of Movietime U.S.A.'s traveling circuses. His "I Want You" will show up the pap being ladled out on most TV "draymers" and stale comedy routines as no "personal appearances" of all the stars put together could accomplish in a year.

        Mr. Goldwyn was a visitor to TV's "What's My Line?" a few Sunday nights ago. That's a popular panel show in which I've participated recently, along with Arlene Francis, Dorothy Kilgallen, John Daly, and Hal Block. Mr. G. was the "mystery guest" of the week and according to custom the panel put on blindfolds before he entered. Unfortunately, his identity was no particular mystery to me, since the day before the show he had impulsively phoned to demand, "Hey, what kind of questions are you going to ask me tomorrow night?" I confined myself to asking, "Are you a comedian?" (Mr. G answered "no") and let somebody else guess his identity. Later, Sam asked, "Why didn't you give me a chance to mention 'I Want You'?" I pointed out that I had purposely inquired, "Why are you in New York?" but that he had failed to take advantage of the opening. Sam replied, "You know I never listen!"

        - cerfnet (2008)

      • Tonight's mystery guest, which Gil Fates lists as Sam Goldwyn in Appendix A of mystery guests in his 1978 WML book, refers to the elder Sam Goldwyn (Samuel Goldwyn) who born in 1882, not his son, Sam Goldwyn (Samuel Goldwyn, Jr.) who was born in 1926. This fact has been confirmed in A. Scott Berg's award-winning biography (Knopf, 1989) titled "Goldwyn: A Biography." Evidently, Goldwyn told Bennett and Dorothy at New York's "21 Club" that he would be appearing on the show. Dorothy and Bennett then disqualified themselves from the game. This fact is also mentioned in Gil Fates' 1978 WML book. - Suzanne (2004)

        I have seen this story reported several times, but in the earliest versions, Goldwyn only spills the beans to Dorothy. It is currently unknown if the full Bennett/Dorothy story is fact or fiction - or maybe a blend of both. - stopette (2005)

        Whether Goldwyn's "spilling the beans" to Dorothy and Bennett before airtime had anything to do with it, this was to be movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn's only appearance on "WML?" in any case. Mr. Goldwyn is thus among the 100-plus personalities whose appearances on the series have become lost to history. - W-B (2008)

      • Per Gil Fates' handwritten logs, no kinescope of this episode exists. It was destroyed by CBS before Gil Fates noticed the destruction policy in 1952 and began saving the kinescopes. Only about 10 episodes exist from February 1950 to July 1952. - Suzanne (2004)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf, Arlene Francis, Hal Block.

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